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Tonight, Google engineer and artist Mike Tyka discusses with Gray Area founder Josette Melchor the creative possibilities afforded neural networks and the impact the DeepDream project has had. When DeepDream was released in 2015, the Google program became an overnight sensation, garnering coverage from magazines such as Wired, the Atlantic, and Scientific American. Ordinary photos processed through the algorithm transformed into LSD-reminiscent hallucinations: clouds writhed with dogs, palms...
Topics: ATC, Mike Tyka, Gray Area, DeepDream, Google, BCNM, UC Berkeley, Josette Melchor
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"What happens when a Chinese American lesbian performer borrows from the distinctive cinema and styling of international superstar Bruce Lee to create her own Asian (drag) sensation, aspiring celebrity JJ Chinois? This talk examines the use of video and digital forms and technologies of public celebrity, in concert with queer forms and technologies of the self, for assembling a desirable commodity body in American and transnational popular culture. JJ Chinois is the creation and alter-ego...
Topics: Mimi Nguyen, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Art as a Catalyst: A Discussion about Art, Technology and Culture 11 September 2013 Bot & Dolly Studios, San Francisco, CA Hosted by UC Berkeley and Cal's Art, Technology, and Culture series How does art enhance technical creativity and innovation? This exclusive San Francisco event will feature art, film, and robots. Speakers including Michael Grey, Tiffany Shlain, Eric Paulos, Greg Niemeyer, and Ken Goldberg will lead a discussion about art, technology and the exciting activities and...
Topics: art, technology, culture, lecture, colloquium, tiffany shlain, ken goldberg, eric paulos, greg...
"Of CAVEs and Curiosity: Imaging and Imagination in Collaborative Research" In the KeckCAVES visualization facility at UC Davis, one can walk into a snowflake or fly over a landslide. Images from around space and time flicker into existence as researchers interact with their data in three dimensions. Among the sights to be seen are ancient microbes, chaotic attractors, and the surface of Mars; and, now, the beginnings of a vortex of dreams, a virtual installation built from the inner...
Topics: ATC, lecture, visualization, curiosity, dreams, vortex, art installation, lecture, tromble, sumner,...
Places in Space Adam Savage Mythbusters, CA a conversation on the past and future of spacesuits with Nicholas de Monchaux , Professor, UC Berkeley In partnership with the Department of Architecture's Studio One and in collaboration with the Berkeley Arts and Design initiative as part of A+D Mondays @ BAMPFA. Adam Savage discusses the future of technology and habitation in space — on Mars, the moon, and even Earth — with Nicholas de Monchaux, author of  Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo ....
Topics: art, technology, space
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Western thought conceptualizes nature and culture as distinct domains of anthropological understanding. However, as inhabitants of the Anthropocene, we (human kind) have significant influence on our planet’s ecosystem. Presently, nature is also culture. In three acts, Associate Professor of Architecture, Ronald Rael will discuss the back story of topics ranging from border walls, to solar technology, and 3D printing that, when filtered though the creative process of design, results in...
Topics: Ronald Rael, BCNM, Berkeley Center for New Media, ATC16
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"Despite their commercial explosion in pop cultural, games remain largely unexplored as a critical practice with social and cultural dimensions. Why are games important? What kinds of games ""break the rules"" of mainstream computer and video games? How can making, playing, and studying games illuminate larger social and cultural issues? This talk will focus on a range of projects created by Kate Salen and Eric Zimmerman, including games designed to be played in...
Topics: Katie Salen, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"The contraption I'd like to show is part of a modular electronic musical instrument, called the 200e. This particular module, called the Polyphonic Rhythm Generator, when used in conjunction with some sound generating modules, forms a ridiculously sophisticated metronome that finds application in odd meter music such as commonly found in Eastern Europe and Africa, but has only occurred in Western music in the last century or so. We shall attempt to explain various details of the device,...
Topics: buchla, metronome, electronic music, electronic instruments, 200e, synthesizers
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ABSTRACT I build machines, robots and installations for my audience to operate. This interactive work is inspired by political activism, volunteerism and getting people involved in life. The collaboration with the audience completes the work. My collaborators are the audience. The work does not exist without them. I experiment with creating a feedback loop between participant and machine. This work questions the role technology plays in our lives. How far people are prepared to submit to...
Topics: Kal Spelletich, ATC, Art Technology and Culture Colloquium, Berkeley ATC, UC Berkeley, University...
"The Networked Avant-Garde," a talk delivered by Kelani Nichole as part of the Berkeley Center for New Media's 2018-19 Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium. DESCRIPTION: The networked culture that emerged at the end of the 20th century introduced a generation of artists who employ open, distributed, virtualized, and highly collaborative techniques. Their studios are built on commercial software, CGI aesthetics, online public exhibition, and peer-to-peer sharing and critique. They...
Topic: digital art
Bernard Stiegler's Keynote lecture from Digital Inquiry: Forms of Knowledge in the Age of New Media April 27- 28, 2012 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley The two day symposium will bring together interdisciplinary scholars, artists, and media industry representatives to reflect on the nature of knowledge in the digital age. How do the tools of new media transform the questions we ask, how do they enable new questions, and how do they foreclose other questions? Panels will...
Topics: Berkeley Center for New Media, BCNM, UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, UCB, Bernard...
Concatenating, Condensing, Conflating, Confounding, Considering, Contaminating, Contemplating, Conversing, and Conjuring: these are some of the means and ways we employ in our art work. Often, but not always, these technologies employ language, pictures, and sound. Computers are sometimes involved. So are cameras, psychics, magicians, librarians, film sound effects designers and balloon sculptors. Our art practice begins from a shared love of the spoken word, the recorded human voice,...
Topics: Anne Walsh, Chris Kubick, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of...
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Traditionally used to refer to the degradation of an image when compressed as a digital JPG file, “lossy” is a state in which digital information is discarded for the sake of file size. Resolution is lost, detail is changed and fineness is compromised. In this process, however, extra pixels may also be added, ultimately transforming and re-authoring the resulting Doppelgänger image. Long interested in issues of analog-to-digital mistranslations, public access, and flows of information and...
Topics: new media, syjuco, new media art, networks, systems, berkeley, uc berkeley
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A Body Without Borders Presented in partnership with the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Berkeley Arts and Design initiative as part of A+D Mondays @ BAMPFA. Rhonda Holberton’s interdisciplinary art practice illuminates the politics of the corporeal body navigating through virtual space. In this presentation Holberton will discuss her recent projects utilizing networked VR designed to trigger subtle interactions of electrons between biological and digital...
Topics: art, technology
Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics with  Guy Hoffman Robotics Researcher, Cornell University An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, co-sponsored by the  Center for New Music and Audio Technologies  and  CITRIS People and Robots (CPAR) , presented with Berkeley Arts + Design as part of Arts + Design Mondays. As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this...
Topics: robots, art, social robotics
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"Is art a science? Is science an art? In contemporary artistic practice, the studio may be a genetics laboratory, while the theoretical physicist, working years ahead of any plausible experiment, often formulates reality according to mathematical aesthetics. Have these two disciplines lost their bearings in the widening wake of postmodernism? Are we seeing just another breed of mash-up? Or do art and science need one another if either is to remain meaningful in the 21st Century? Conceptual...
Topics: Jonathon Keats, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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In Search for My Robot: Emergent Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity with  Margaret Rhee Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo; Visiting Scholar, NYU An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature, presented with Berkeley Arts + Design as part of Arts + Design Mondays. Robots, like any technology, are not "objective" or "universal"; Instead, machines reveal the process of social...
Topic: robots art
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World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech Frank Foer, in conversation with Nicholas Thompson, Editor, Wired
Topic: technology media journalism
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Diverse social and political initiatives were rallying points for Berkeley’s free speech/civil rights movement fifty years ago. Today, pioneering methods for working in diverse communities continue by considering the history, culture, and expertise of the area to provide socially relevant, localized outcomes. Brett Cook will share extraordinary examples of socially engaged education including his current Reflections of Healing/Life is Living/Oakland Museum of California projects. Participants...
Topics: social practice, activism
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"Tracing his work through the last 15 years, Jim Campbell will address some of the more general issues that have come up with computer mediated art. Starting with Interactivity and ending with what could maybe be called Data Aestheticsization, he suggests how some of the current directions of computer based art making practices are heading towards a formulaic approach. Campbellâs work has gone through a progression from film to video to interactive installation to electronic sculpture....
Topics: Jim Campbell, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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ABSTRACT Marc Horowitz will discuss how contemporary information technologies, i.e. smart phones, youtube, social media sites, are changing the way we make and consume art and entertainment. Marc Horowitz is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video and installation. The central concerns driving most of his work have to do with engaging strangers around absurdist principles in public and on the internet. These projects engage in a dialog with a diverse range of subjects...
Topics: Marc Horowitz. UC Berkeley, Berkeley, University of California, Ken Goldberg, Susan Miller, Adam...
"Michael Rees' conceptual art defies category, combining sculpture, animation, performance, video, installation, and computer software programs to express his interest in the body and its connection to mind and spirit. Rees' work references surrealism and other movements in art history, as well as western analytic science and eastern metaphysics. Rees is a self described ""pataphysician"", a maker of imaginary solutions and an investigator of the truth of contradictions...
Topics: Michael Rees, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"In this talk, Dr. Shlain will present the compelling thesis of his 1991 monograph. Shlain observes that as visual artists such as Cezanne and Monet moved away from literal representation and realism in the late 19th century, researchers in physics traced a parallel trajectory away from newtonian models of deterministic motion towards far less intuitive models of relativity and statistical quantum physics. Shlain identifies a range of surprising parallels: between Seurat's pointillism and...
Topics: Leonard Shlain, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Okwui Enwezor's presentation will draw from four works in progress. Two are books: The Postcolonial Constellation: Contemporary Art in a State of Permanent Transitions, and Archaeology of the Present: The Postcolonial Archive, Photography and African Modernity. Two are exhibition projects: Snap Judgments: Recent Positions in Contemporary African Photography, and On Governmentality: Techniques and Technologies of Critique, Dissent, Resistance and Solidarity in Contemporary Art.
Topics: Okwui Enwezor, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Check out highlights from the 2010-2011 season of the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium! Video by Adam Susaneck
Topics: Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Ken...
Christine Van Assche is the curator of the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Topics: Christine Van Assche, UC Berkeley, UC, University of California, Berkeley, Art Technology Culture...
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"In May 2004, artist Steve Kurtz was detained by the FBI and subject to a four-year federal investigation for alleged links to bioterrorism, an ordeal widely covered in the press and the subject of a documentary film by Lynn Hershman Leeson. This was his first West Coast public lecture since his acquittal in May 2008. My lecture will be built upon the following premises: First, any action within the cultural landscape performed from a minoritarian political position will be perceived by...
Topics: Steve Kurtz, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Tarek Atoui, “DeafSpace and Making Musical Instruments” Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium March 9, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Co-presented with the MATRIX program at the Berkeley Art Museum. About the talk: Atoui will present several of his ongoing projects each of which propose original methods for making instruments and the possibilities they open in terms of collaboration, performance and composition. In the Dahlem Sessions and the Reverse Sessions,...
Topics: music, art, activism, instruments, deaf
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"Marko Peljhan will present a a critical overview of the aesthetic, political and legal aspects of his MAKROLAB project (1997-2007). The conceptual work on the Makrolab project started in 1994 during the Yugoslav civil wars with the purpose of establishing an independent and self sufficient performance and research structure in isolation as an outpost for Utopian removal, survival and a critical reflection of the extreme and entropic societal conditions in which the author and his...
Topics: Marko Peijhan, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"All artists are influenced by their tools. For contemporary performance artists, digital technologies are evolving so rapidly that their influence on artistic decisions can be greatly magnified. When the artwork, the tools, and the artist fuse into a single inseparable entity, can art maintain its strength and integrity or is it reduced to being a mere product of a culture seduced by new technology? Pamela Z will explore this question in the context of her extensive experience with tools...
Topics: Pamela Z, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Maya Lin, Artist and Architectural Designer, New York, "What's Missing?" Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium September 29, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Maya Lin’s work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She will discuss her body of work focused on a profound respect and love for the natural environment along with her final memorial, the What is Missing? project, which asks...
Topics: architecture, activism, technology
"The land project was initiated by Rirkrit and Kamin Letchaiprasert as a self-sustaining environment emerging from the artistic community. The land is located in the northern part of Thailand, near the village of Sanpathong, 20 km southwest from the provincial city of Chiang Mai. It is intended to be cultivated as an open space or community free from ownership, with elements favoring discussions and experimentation in the fields of culture. The land is open to the day-to-day activities of...
Topics: Rirkrit Tirvanija, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of...
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What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees? Caroline Woolard Artist and Organizer, Brooklyn   Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium January 26, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA  What are the implications of debt, rent, and precarity on culture in the 21st century? This talk presents recent findings about the poverty rates, rent burdens, and actual occupations of artists by BFAMFAPhD, as well as the power of solidarity art economy institutions to reproduce...
Topics: social practice, debt, art, activism
Christine Van Assche is the curator of Pompidou Center in Paris.
Topics: Christine Van Assche, UC Berkeley, UC, University of California, Berkeley, Art Technology Culture...
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Even if "race" is a scientifically empty concept, ethnic differences and body type still play a significant role in the social and economic politics of our time. How have digital artists tried to work through the visual politics of racial identities? What is at stake in the "skin play" available to those who inhabit artificial worlds? How do such representations imply a certain ethics of social relation? In the 2009 essay "The Face and The Public: Race, Secrecy and...
Topics: new media, race, new media art, art history, Jennifer González, Georgio Agamben, Emannual Levinas,...
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In the summer of 2003, the Louvre mounted a large exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, drawings and manuscripts. Within this exhibition there were several curious objects: four pairs of video editing monitors and a large-screen projection of digital images of The Last Supper. These objects constituted an "intervention" by Irish artist James Coleman. The video monitors displayed drawings from Leonardo’s notebooks, which return us to a moment prior to the division of art...
Topics: Kaja Silverman, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Scott Summit - Art of the Exoskeleton: 3D Printing for the Human Condition UC Berkeley's Art, Technology & Culture Colloquium What if you could communicate and spread physical products as easily as software or code? And what if you could modify each one to meet the specific needs of the individual? 3D printing offers just that ability, though its potential has only recently begun to be realized. We are now able to create custom solutions for human needs, based on the individuality of that...
Topics: 3d printing, prosthetics, additive fabrication, mass customization
"Ten years ago, as the result of a recurrent cancer, my left leg (quite literally by then 'a drag') was amputated high above the knee. Six months or so after this operation, I was ready for my first prosthetic leg and began to learn to walk again. Thus, for me, there is a certain scandal in the recent rush by cultural theorists to embrace 'the prosthetic' as metaphor -- and not because I find such metaphorical usage offensive in some facile sense that privileges...
Topics: Vivian Sobchack, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Social Prosthetics: Technology and the Human Form What gizmo can we use to read our minds, expose our hearts, or settle disputes? What gadget can improve our communication with house plants or buildings or glaciers? We are rapidly reinventing the ways in which we relate to each other and the world around us. Working with communication and body-centric technologies in the creative context enables artists and designers to ask questions, tell stories, and predict possible futures. The projects...
Topics: ATC, berkeley center for new media, prosthetics, wearable electronics, conceptual art, lecture,...
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A paradoxical and insubstantial explanation of the inherent problem of simplifying a complex set of relevant concerns related to the phenomenon of over-identification with an inanimate object and its consequent animations and manifestations. A lecture that unfolds into a coming-of-age story about the largely undocumented and unfinished work of the artist Kristin Lucas, including documentation of an attempt to embody the digital medium by reversing the popular notion of infusing humanity into...
Topics: Kristin Lucas, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
"In 1968, protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago chanted âThe whole world is watching,â and shortly thereafter their images appeared on the evening news. These days, protesters bring their own cameras and post their clips on YouTube. Has participatory media effected a structural transformation of the public sphere? How have media technologies and practices changed the roles of public space, performance, and the human body in politics? How have new forms of...
Topics: Mark Tribe, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
"As the global, anti-war demonstrations of mid-February remind us, progressive political impulses are sometimes most effectively expressed by taking to the streets. This, of course, taps into a central, electronic-era issue; that is, the efficacy and desirability of embodied versus remote action. When it comes to political activism, where do artists fit in? New forms of electronic activism from pioneering groups including RTMark and Electronic Disturbance Theatres have proved both...
Topics: Robert Atkins, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation & Lyricist for the Grateful Dead, San Francisco, “The Death Throes of the Desert God” Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium September 8, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA John Perry Barlow’s career has spanned arts and activism as a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and a digital freedoms proponent. Barlow joined the Grateful Dead as a lyricist in 1971 and was responsible for such hits as “The...
Topics: technology, activism, EFF
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"Jane McGonigal will discuss her firsthand experiences designing, directing and performing in the supergaming genre. She proposes that massively scaling digital communities is not only possible, but that scaling leads to the emergence of important changes in our understanding of the network, of the possibility of digital community, and indeed of ""community"" itself. The massively-scaled ludic worldview is a design imperative for social software engineers, game...
Topics: Jane McGonigal, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Lets say for a second you are an artist. And just for the sake of argument, that you make work which deals with the moving image...maybe,...Video. So you are a video artist. And yeah, its 2006,...and your videos are short, like 2-3 minutes long. So what do you do with them? Do you screen them on public access? Do you upload them to youtube? Do you sell them in limited editions in a gallery? Do you make music videos for bands? Do you enter in them in underground video/film festivals? How...
Topics: Corey Arcangel, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Although the scope of contemporary visual art is enormous, internet art is still being established as a legitimate category. Strong works of internet art are able to speak about the worlds of informational technology, databases, over-saturation, hacking, etc in ways that other mediums cannot. Furthermore, internet art's place in post-Conceptual art and avant-garde genealogies remains largely uncharted. Rachel Greene will argue that the internet may be the best medium for those interested...
Topics: Rachael Greene, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
" âThe fact that everything is possible on the Internet reveals mankindâs true essence, the aspiration towards freedom.â âPierre Lévy, âCollective Intelligence: A Civilizationâ The ubiquity of computers and access to the Internet has put the greatest libraries, image databases, and interactive tools at the fingertips of most artists working today. As a result, traditional artistic practice is exploding as artists explore the potential of these new technologies and incorporate them...
Topics: Ray Beldner, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Composer, performer and sound artist Laetitia Sonami presents an overview of work carried out over three decades, including her legendary "lady’s glove," wire writings, hijacked plungers and current attraction to uncontrollable interfaces. The trajectory of Sonami’s research is guided by careful attention to the notion of presence in both the staged performative works and its concomitant gesture of embodiment in installations. Exploring invisible media on the electromagnetic...
Topics: composition, improvisation, sound art, lady's glove, interface design, music
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"Debra Solomon's project ""Artist-Astronaut"" was installed in 2000 and 2001 at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Ferens Gallery in Hull, England. Her mission was to investigate the effects of artist intervention into space exploration. Solomon put out a general call to select participants. During a series of closed sessions, she selected applicants that possessed the Right Stuff to play the role of Artist-Astronaut. Her goal was to get perspectives on a mythical 50...
Topics: Debra Solomon, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to...
Topics: Trevor Pagien, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Beginning with an introduction to the Association of Freed Time, this talk by Pierre Huyghe focuses on time based projects and exhibitions, scripted situations, and the construction of scenarios. While presenting his work, Huyghe discusses a variety of methodologies, taking into consideration the exhibition as a form, the formats of representation as exhibition venues (theater, cinema, books, newspapers, parks...), placement and timing, the 'becoming image' of things, the exhibition versus the...
Topics: Pierre Huyghe, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Material Evidence: Scientific Inquiry, Sensory Experience, and the Creative Process Modern institutions emphasize technology and the scientific method to explain our experience of nature, leading to a sense of personal alienation and loss of intimacy with our natural environment. Starting with data as a conceptual basis, Segal’s work seeks to incorporate scientific inquiry as a sensory experience manifested as physical sculptural forms that reveal trends, patterns, processes and the unseen...
Topics: ATC15, BCNM, data art, Berkeley Center for New Media
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In architecture practice, "research" is conducted as a form of applied design. It is not fixed, scientific or determinative, but experimental and multivalent. At the same time, a building or architectural project must stand alone. This talk describes our work as open ended research into conditions of architecture including geometry, fabrication technology, structure, material and environment through "case studies" of our design projects. Work at two distinct scales are...
Topics: Lisa Iwamoto, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Bill Fontana has worked for the past 30 years creating installations that use sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural settings. His sound sculptures use the human and/or natural environment as a living source of musical information. He views music, in the sense of coherent sound patterns, as a process that is going on constantly. His methodology has been to create networks of simultaneous listening points that relay real-time...
Topics: Bill Fontana, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
The Copper in my Cooch and Other Technologies with  Marisa Morán Jahn Artist, Cambridge, MA and New York, NY An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, presented with Berkeley Arts + Design as part of Arts + Design Mondays. When we think about technology, most conjure images of things automated (eg, robots) and agents automating (eg, AIs). In this talk, artist Marisa Morán Jahn...
Topics: art, activism, technology, copper, labor
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"News of the Future and the Future of News" -  a talk delivered by Kevin Delaney as part of the Berkeley Center for New Media's 2018-19 Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium. Quartz seeks to reimagine how journalism looks in the digital age. In co-founding the platform, Delaney "hacked the very notion of what an online magazine can do" (Digiday) with a native mobile interface, concise stories, and a focus on design. Delaney spearheaded the use of infinite scrolling in...
Topics: journalism, new media, technology, news, digital
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"The Google generation now expects to find everything it ever wanted to know online. Undoubtedly, our knowledge society is offering completely new perspectives of learning and connecting, but black holes spoil the overall picture in a dramatic way. 404 Not Found has become a keyword for those searching online. But even the material that is found has to be questioned seriously. Given the lack of a sustained critical scientific discourse for new media, the found material is often a mere...
Topics: Rudolf Frieling, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
The Paragone, or Comparison of the Arts, was one of the great debates of the Renaissance. It pitted the sculptors against the painters in a competition over which was the superior art. The leading question of the Paragone was whether sculpture or painting was better at creating realistic representations. But what exactly is a "realistic" representation? Looking at art from the Renaissance to contemporary New Media, Kelly will trace one thread in the evolution of the artistic...
Topics: Sean Kelley, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"The networked, digital world is a multi-layered informational system in constant flux that seems to defy systematic arrangement of its constituent elements. Digital media proved a ""denatured context,"" simultaneously enriching context and making the notion of context redundant. The concepts of recycling, reproduction and continuous flow of information are key issues in networked, digital art. Digital artists face the pressing challenge of inventing new visual models...
Topics: Christine Paul, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
ABSTRACT Flesh is circulating. Organs are extracted and exchanged. Limbs detached from a dead body can be reanimated on a living body. Ova are fertilized by sperm that was once frozen. The skin cells from an impotent male can now become sperm cells. And more interestingly the skin cells from female bodies can be re-engineered into sperm cells. The face of a donor body becomes a third face on the recipient. Cadavers can be preserved forever with plastination whilst comatose bodies can be...
Topics: stelarc, berkeley, BCNM, ken goldberg, new media, adam susaneck, susan miller, anatomy, performance...
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Something Besides Super Monkey Ball This talk features artworks that question our culture's love affair with technology. Central to this is a presentation of BigTime, a new time keeping system that uses an iPhone app and a website to reconnect us with the planet and the true nature of time. Far from a productivity tool, living by BigTime can be an annoying pain in the butt, yet, (like a booster shot) it's an important one. BigTime was hosted by the Berkeley Art Museum. A: Poor V: Poor
Topics: Joe McKay, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Indexical Ambivalence , a talk by art historian Kris Paulsen.  Interfaces are boundaries and dividing lines. They are surfaces that maintain the distinction between discrete portions of matter and space, but they also create the site for their encounter and interaction. The interface is a place where opposites touch: here and there, now and then, I and you, actual and virtual, true and false. Screens make for particularly troubling interfaces, for they enact a great leveling, and these...
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Avatar Syndrome has come to refer to the intense longings experienced by fans of the 2009 James Cameron film for the depicted planetary moon Pandora and its Na’vi humanoids. Fans report subsequent depression and even suicidal tendencies because, as one online post declared, “you know you can never actually go to Pandora, as it exists only in our imagination... sigh... :(” Avatar represents a current apex of imaging technologies, even as it depicts a colonial fantasy of sublime nature and...
Topics: photography, art, culture, technology, uc berkeley, ATC, desouza, performance art, firefly, star...
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Greg Lynn is a pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited at both architecture and art venues, including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture, where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler,...
Topics: Greg Lynn, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
The Builders Association is an eclectic group which combines theater practitioners with software designers and new media artists. Under the direction of Marianne Weems, this OBIE award-winning New York-based performance and media company exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theater. Given the 'liveness' of performance, how can theater be an arena for exploring the frictive relationship between 'live' performance and 'live' technologies? How can one...
Topics: Marianne Weems, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Jesse Drew and Glenda Drew, "A Hack in the Odious Machine: Digital Organizing Tools for the Precariat" Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium April 13, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Co-presented with the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. Many high-tech projects that hoist the banner of “innovation” pride themselves on creating “disruption” to established modes of industry and commerce. Yet, often the disruption that ensues comes at the expense of...
Topics: activism, labor, social media, innovation, storytelling
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Marcia Tanner is an independent curator and writer based in Berkeley, California. Her talk investigates the ways in which contemporary female artists, such as Kathy High, Nina Katchadourian, Rachel Mayeri, Patricia Piccinnini, Sabrina Raaf, Gail Wight, Diane Willow, and others, employ digital and electronic technology to explore scientific themes and issues. Tanner looks at their uses of interactivity and humor, their interpretations of ârelational aesthetics,â and their morphing of...
Topics: Marcia Tanner, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Pauline will present an overview of recent SRL shenanigans using video and images, plus a few choice outrages from the past. He will focus on the peculiarâ  motivational mechanics which underlie and sustain the impractical activities of SRL. Depending on your perspective, Pauline's talk will be a stark warning of the pitfalls facing anyone daring to attempt the genuinely original, or a celebration of the thrills in store for those who actually get away with it. Quality A: Good V: Poor
Topics: Mark Pauline, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Visualization and the Joy of Revelation Artists and researchers Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg explore the joy of revelation: the special electricity of seeing a city from the air, of hearing a secret, of watching a lover undress. Their medium is data visualization, a technology developed by computer scientists to extract insights from raw numbers. They'll show what happens when this technology is aimed at data sets that range from tropical storms ( hint.fm/wind ) to social networks,...
Topics: berkeley center for new media, arts, technology, culture, visualization, data visualization
"(Richard Rinehart will lead the presentation and Prof. Brixey will participate remotely from Seattle as advised by his doctors). Commissioned for the traveling exhibition, ""Gene(sis), Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics"", ""Chimera Obscura"" is a net based-telerobotic work inspired by the historical anxieties, eungenic fantasies, and emerging realities evolving from the frontier of contemporary genetics research. The collaborative project...
Topics: Shawn Brixey, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Yael Kanarek has developed a unique vocabulary of artistic networked interfaces that combine photography, graphics, hypertext, sculpture, and performance. Kanarek generates complex networked âstory spacesâ that combine multiple media forms with multiple languages, including Hebrew and Arabic. Online visitors move through and explore charged issues of land, space, and language. Recognizing that languages shape space by defining cultural territory and sovereignty, Kanarek explores the...
Topics: Yael Kanarek, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"CodeZebra is an interactive software and performance environment engaged with current debates in art and science. It enables cross-disciplinary dialogue and exploration using visualization, language games and role play. CodeZebra is predicated on an ongoing and increasingly fertile seduction between the apparently separate, but related species of art and science. CodeZebra explores aesthetics, improvisation, emotion and analysis. It is ""site evolutionary"": CodeZebra...
Topics: Sara Diamond, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Prof. Lee received her B.A from Yale University and her Ph.D in the Department of Fine Arts from Harvard University. She also studied at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her area is the art, theory and criticism of late modernism with a historical focus on the 1960s and 1970s. Among other journals, her work has appeared in October, Artforum, Assemblage, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Les Cahiers du Musee national...
Topics: Pamela Lee, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Why should scientific research and technological innovations belong only to technicians? Research is at the white hot center of cultural foment. It is affecting everything from the gizmos of everyday life to basic philosophical notions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human. Stephen Wilson challenges the conventions that push Art to the edge of culture. He believe Art can occupy an independent zone of research, undertaking investigations ignored or discredited by commercial...
Topics: Steve Wilson, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...